Archive > November 2011

The World According to Lou

  Lou Anders is the editorial director of Prometheus Books’ science fiction and fantasy imprint Pyr as well as several anthologies. He’s been nominated for multiple awards multiple times, including the Locus Awards, Shirley Jackson Award, Philip K. Dick Award, Chelsey Award, World Fantasy Award and the Hugo Award. He’s won the Chesley Award and […]

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In case tomorrow never comes

I’ll beg forgiveness in advance for what is bound to be a melancholy post. Here, also in advance, is your baby otters chaser. Feel free to return to it as needed. In the U.S. it’s nearly Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday, no matter how I end up celebrating it (this year it will be just […]

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Dropbox: A Primer for Writers

Whether it’s because it’s November and NaNoWriMo or happenstance, I’ve heard a few tales of woe lately from writers whose hard drive crashed or, in one person’s case, had their laptop stolen. In each case, the writer did not have recent backups and lost what they were working on. My inner geek cringes to hear […]

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So You Want to Write for Pay?

Making a living as a writer is not easy. Financially, there are almost any other careers that would be a better choice, yet most of us dream of one day being paid solely to write. Have you ever thought about writing for one of those Write-for-Pay websites? A member of my writing workshop, *Julie Downsbrough […]

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Guest Post: Are You A Writer, or Aren’t You? By Carrie Cuinn.

Carrie Cuinn is a writer, editor, small press publisher, computer geek, and amiable raconteur. In her spare time she reads, makes things, takes other things apart, and sometimes gets a new tattoo. She has an impressive collection of published fiction and non fiction and has been a guest on SF Signal podcasts multiple times.  Carrie […]

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Inkpunks at Orycon!

If anybody out there is a Pacific Northwesterner headed to Orycon this weekend, keep your eyes out for the amazing Galen Dara and me, Wendy Wagner. Galen’s showing art in the art show and I’m on a number of panels. Both of us have those rad Inkpunks pins, so get ‘em while they’re hot!

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Conversations

This is not a post about writing dialogue. Last weekend, I caught up with an old friend over dinner. We first met in a now-defunct writers’ group, back when I first had an inkling I might want to give this whole writing thing a shot. As one of my first beta-readers and original fans, I […]

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In Her Forehead Are the Blessings of Allah

Fair warning: you do not ever, ever want to watch a movie with me that has horses in it. Yeah, one or two movies don’t get it stupid, but the majority? Mmmm. This post isn’t going to correct EVERYTHING Hollywood gets wrong, but that’s not what it is about. It’s more about examining the horse […]

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Guest post from Vylar Kaftan: Submission statistics and revision habits

Today we bring you Part 2 of Vylar Kaftan’s ultra-nerdy guest post on her submissions data. This post originally appeared on her blog. Thanks again to Vylar for letting us repost it here! I’m often asked about when to revise rejected stories, and whether I change stories before sending them to another market. Previously I […]

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Better writing

Last night, I sat in an airplane and wondered how I could be a better writer. The golden glow of the reading lights filled the plane’s interior, and every few seats, someone had left their window open. California moved beneath me in a half-seen, half-suggested pattern of black earth and ribbons of sparkling light. Everything […]

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